|Renny Gleeson on antisocial phone tricks - TED.com|
In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; 2009
|Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies - TED.com|
As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster -- and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google's Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; collaboration; design; map; technology; 2009
|Pete Alcorn on the world in 2200 - TED.com|
In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now -- when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; community; social change; 2009
|Matthew Childs' 9 life lessons from rock climbing - TED.com|
In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; adventure; entertainment; environment; nature; 2009
|Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves - TED.com|
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; film; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Julian Treasure: The 4 ways sound affects us - TED.com|
Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; birds; business; entertainment; music; 2009
|David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min - TED.com|
In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2009; TED; Talks; biology; magic; medicine; performance; 2009
|Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air - TED.com|
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; architecture; environment; science; technology; 2009
|Sophie Hunger plays songs of secrets, city lights - TED.com|
This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; music; performance; poetry; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? - TED.com|
"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; map; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible - TED.com|
Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; nature; photography; science; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify - TED.com|
Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture - TED.com|
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; education; 2009
|Olafur Eliasson: Playing with space and light - TED.com|
In the spectacular large-scale projects he's famous for (such as "Waterfalls" in New York harbor), Olafur Eliasson creates art from a palette of space, distance, color and light. This idea-packed talk begins with an experiment in the nature of perception.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; 2009
|Ray Zahab treks to the South Pole - TED.com|
Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; global issues; 2009
|Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India - TED.com|
The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; entertainment; sports; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds - TED.com|
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; morality; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|John Lloyd inventories the invisible - TED.com|
Nature's mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; philosophy; science; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success - TED.com|
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; culture; philosophy; success; work; 2009
|Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time - TED.com|
Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; development; education; poverty; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Elaine Morgan says we evolved from aquatic apes - TED.com|
Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; apes; evolution; science; 2009
|Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education - TED.com|
Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; economics; education; math; statistics; 2009
|Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish to protect our oceans - TED.com|
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED Prize; TED2009; activism; biodiversity; exploration; oceans; science; 2009
|Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule - TED.com|
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; God; TED Prize; global issues; politics; religion; tedglobal2009; violence; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Jill Tarter's call to join the SETI search - TED.com|
The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; TED2009; exploration; intelligence; science; space; universe; TED2009; 2009
|Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education - TED.com|
Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q and A on the TED Blog.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED2009; business; education; health; illness; philanthropy; science; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face - TED.com|
Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt's face for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED2009; aging; arts; business; entertainment; film; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity - TED.com|
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED2009; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; poetry; work; writing; TED2009; 2009
|David Merrill demos Siftables - TED.com|
MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED2009; art; business; children; computers; design; education; invention; music; technology; 2009
|Jose Abreu on kids transformed by music - TED.com|
Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; TED2009; arts; culture; education; entertainment; global issues; music; philanthropy; poverty; TED2009; 2009
|Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future - TED.com|
As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; development; economics; future; global issues; technology; third world; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting - TED.com|
At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; communication; disaster relief; global issues; technology; 2009
|Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color - TED.com|
Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; anthropology; biology; evolution; human origins; humanity; race; science; 2009
|Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world - TED.com|
At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; dance; entertainment; global issues; politics; social change; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Gordon Brown on global ethic vs. national interest - TED.com|
Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; global issues; government; interview; politics; war; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code - TED.com|
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; evil; psychology; science; self; society; TED2009; 2009
|Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village - TED.com|
In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; New York; culture; humanity; humor; performance; storytelling; theater; TED2009; 2009
|Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil - TED.com|
In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; design; energy; global issues; photography; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Fields Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership's "missing manual" - TED.com|
Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; environment; global issues; leadership; politics; TEDSalon London 2009; 2009
|David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer - TED.com|
Too often, says David Agus cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests a new, cross-disciplinary approach, using atypical drugs, computer modeling and protein analysis to diagnose and treat the whole body.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2009; TED; Talks; cancer; health; health care; medicine; technology; 2009
|Nate Silver: Does race affect votes? - TED.com|
Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; cities; politics; race; statistics; urban planning; 2009
|Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence - TED.com|
Alwar Balasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; entertainment; visualizations; 2009
|Misha Glenny investigates global crime networks - TED.com|
Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just intelligence and law enforcement officials but criminal insiders.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; adventure; crime; economics; global issues; writing; 2009
|Hans Rosling on HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals - TED.com|
Hans Rosling unveils new data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world's deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmissions -- not drug treatments -- is the key to ending the epidemic.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; AIDS; Africa; disease; global issues; presentation; statistics; visualizations; TED2009; 2009
|Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere - TED.com|
Percussionist Sivamani delivers one of TED's liveliest and most inventive performances yet. He uses traditional Western and Eastern instruments to create a rhythmic tour de force, along with a tub of water, corrugated metal, spoons, luggage, our stage props and even a little audience participation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; live music; music; performance; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil - TED.com|
Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; environment; future; green; pollution; sustainability; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition - TED.com|
Investing in women can unlock infinite potential around the globe. But how can women walk the line between Western-style empowerment and traditional culture? Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better -- while preserving the traditions that sustain them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; culture; social change; third world; women; 2009
|Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media - TED.com|
In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; animals; business; culture; entertainment; entrepreneur; oceans; web; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story - TED.com|
Ryan Lobo has traveled the world, taking photographs that tell stories of unusual human lives. In this haunting talk, he reframes controversial subjects with empathy, so that we see the pain of a Liberian war criminal, the quiet strength of UN women peacekeepers and the perseverance of Delhi's underappreciated firefighters.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Asia; art; humanity; photography; storytelling; third world; war; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man - TED.com|
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; advertising; business; creativity; economics; happiness; life; psychology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009